Yale’s Environmental Performance Index is Deeply Flawed

Yale has released a new tool, called the Environmental Performance Index, meant to score and rank fisheries management of different countries around the world. It ranks Sri Lanka having the best managed fisheries in the world. Other notables include: The United States ranked 96th, Norway 72nd Australia 77th, Iceland 84th, China 89th, New Zealand 94th, […]

Catch Shares versus Sharing Catch

Lee van der Voo considers catch shares in the US to be, “one of the coolest vehicles environmental policy has seen in decades,” because they reduce fishing effort, diminish incentives to fish in dangerous weather, can boost the value of seafood, and most importantly, were designed to keep fishing rights with the fishermen and their […]

Will Scallop Dredging in Cardigan Bay be an Environmental Disaster?

Recently in the UK, George Monbiot, a well-known environmental journalist, criticised the Welsh Government for undertaking a public consultation about the possibility of allowing restricted amounts of scallop dredging (dragging nets along the bottom) within a legally protected marine conservation zone. In particular, Monbiot used a quote from Callum Roberts at the University of York […]

Are “Strongly Protected” MPAs the Future of Ocean Conservation?

A new paper in science by Jane Lubchenco and Kirsten Grorud-Colvert discusses the recent progress and advocates for creating and enforcing “strongly protected” marine protected areas (MPAs). For the purposes of this paper, strongly protected MPAs are those that restrict all commercial activity and allow only light recreational or subsistence fishing. Today only 3.5% of […]

Do Fish Feel Pain? Sylvia Earle talks Fishing Ethics

Syliva Earle is in the news again with a lengthy feature in Outside Magazine. Like the Newsweek article that CFood covered some weeks ago, the narrative of the Outside piece follows an interview with her lamenting the current and future state of the ocean. According to the author, Ian Frazier, the first statement Earle makes […]

IUCN Red Lists the American Eel

Demand for eel in Asia has held steady despite the 2011 tsunami in Japan that wiped out many local eel populations and a recent European Union ban on eel exports. With Asian and European eel off the market, the American eel has became a sought-after alternative. In November 2014, the International Union for the Conservation […]

Sylvia Earle says our Taste for “Aquatic Bushmeat” is Killing the Sea

A recent Newsweek article titled, “Our Taste for ‘Aquatic Bushmeat’ is Killing the Sea” comments on the state of worldwide fisheries as food. The article uses interviews with Sylvia Earle and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance to paint a bleak picture of the state of worldwide seafood. The article claims that 90% of fish in […]

Infamous Northern Cod makes a Comeback while Gulf of Maine Cod Suffers

Two stories on cod in North American have appeared this week. In an article entitled Northern Cod Comeback, George Rose describes the changes in the  abundance of this stock in the last 30+ years. The collapse of the northern cod fishery in Canada and the subsequent moratorium was the poster child for fisheries failure in […]

John West Accused of Breaking Sustainable Tuna Pledge

John West, a seafood cannery known for its tuna products in the UK, is under scrutiny by Greenpeace UK for catching 98% of its tuna with Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs).  FAD purse seine tuna fishing is considered unsustainable by organizations like Greenpeace and Monterrey Bay Aquarium because of the, “indiscriminate killing of marine life,” due […]

Richard Branson Calls for more Marine Protected Areas

Billionaire philanthropist Richard Branson recently composed a brief article on his website to applaud recent efforts to expand marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world and to call for widespread no-take MPAs (marine reserves) on the high seas and in the exclusive economic zones of the developed world. Of the efforts Branson highlights as positive […]